Fast Facts

  • Became the youngest student, at age 7 in 1951, admitted to the Juilliard School of Music.
  • At age 16, played piano on a demo record that friend Liza Minnelli gave her mother, Judy Garland, for Christmas.  
  • Worked as a rehearsal pianist in 1964 for the Broadway play Funny Girl, which starred Barbra Streisand.  
  • Scored his first pop hit in 1965 when Lesley Gore recorded "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," which he cowrote with Howard Liebling. 
  • Wrote the music for such Broadway shows as A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success; and scored such films as The Way We Were, The Sting, Sophie's Choice and Ordinary People.
  • Picked by Groucho Marx to be his pianist-straight man for an early 1970s nightclub tour.
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009.

Awards

  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song--Original for the Picture): Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics: Winner
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction: Winner
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1974, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Music Direction: Winner
  • 1976, Tony — Score (Musical): Winner
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Music and Lyrics: Winner
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation -or- Scoring: Adaptation): Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1977, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Score: Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2002, Tony — Original Musical Score: Nominee
  • 1974, Grammy — Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Terry Hamlisch Liebling — Sister
  • Carole Bayer Sager — Ex-significant Other
  • Cyndy Garvey — Ex-significant Other
  • Lilly Hamlisch — Mother
  • Terre Blair Hamlisch — Wife
  • Emma Samms — Ex-significant Other
  • Max Hamlisch — Father

College

  • Queens College, Queens, NY (BA in Music Composition, 1967)

Details

  • Birth Name: Marvin Frederick Hamlisch
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: June 2, 1944, Gemini
  • Died: July 6, 2012
  • Profession: Composer, Conductor
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